Washington's Kuharszky, UCLA's Lumpkin Named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week
March 3, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON senior Andy Kuharszky and UCLA senior Elizabeth Lumpkin have been named Pac-10 Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 25-March 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Washington's senior captain, Kuharszky was instrumental in a tightly contested 4-3 team dual victory over Oregon as he and partner Derek Drabble helped the Huskies sweep the doubles point with an 8-4 victory over Alexander Cornelissen and Ric Mortera and then in singles Kuharszky rolled Cornelissen 6-1, 6-2. On Saturday, in a neutral court match against No. 59 Denver in Eugene, Ore., Kuharszky rolled again in straight sets over David Simson, 6-3, 7-6 (5) as the Huskies picked up the victory against a ranked opponent.
The Huskies (8-4) now return to Seattle to host 22nd-ranked Pepperdine on Friday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in their last non-conference match before Pac-10 play.
Lumpkin defeated three ranked players from highly-ranked teams, from the No. 5 position for the Bruins this week. Against No. 4 Baylor, Lumpkin defeated No. 37 ranked Jana Belikova, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 to open the week before rolling through No. 45 Whitney Deason of No. 6 Stanford, 6-4, 6-1. The senior stalwart closed out her weekend besting No. 87 Bojana Bobusic of No. 11 California, 6-2, 6-3.
UCLA, currently sitting at No. 11 in the ITA poll, will play its first Pac-10 counting match against Washington State on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Kuharszky and the first for Lumpkin. The award is the fifth for the Washington men's team and the third for the UCLA women's team.
ALSO NOMINATED (MEN): Jay Goldman, ARIZ; Andres Arango, ASU.
ALSO NOMINATED (WOMEN): Nadia Abdala, ASU; Gabriela Niculescu, USC; Venise Chan, WASH; Ekaterina Burduli, WSU.
2008 PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Mathieu Dehaine, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 11- Kaes Van't Hof, Sr., USC; Feb. 18- Matt Brooklyn, So., ASU; Feb. 25- Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Fr., WASH, March 3- Alex Kuharszky, Sr., WASH.
2008 PAC-10 WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Tara Simpson, Sr., WASH; Feb. 11- Danielle Steinberg, Jr., ARIZ; Feb. 18- Venise Chan, Fr., WASH; Feb. 25- Stephanie Kusano, Sr., CAL; March 3- Elizabeth Lumpkin, Sr., WASH.
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